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Wednesday Wellness: Why I Stopped Eating Meat

Why I Stopped Eating Meat

Before I start, I just want to say I’m not judging meat eaters. At all.

I get several questions about my eating style with “Why did you stop eating meat?” being the first.
“How the hell do you do it?” being the second.

Well, when I started on my wellness journey back in 2012 I began to research and read, a lot. I’ve always had a curious mind and while being skeptical sometimes has it’s disadvantages, it ends up benefiting me in times when I just feel something’s not quite adding up.

Ever since I was fairly young, I used to question medicine commercials. I can remember sitting in my grandmother’s living room watching cartoons and then when the commercials would come on I’d pay really close attention. Why? I don’t know really, I just did. One day a commercial aired about a depression medication and I vividly can hear the words the narrator was speaking. Taking so and so can cause a stroke, heart attack, suicidal thoughts, blood clots… the list just went on.

I’m about 8 or so at the time and I wondered to myself, how can this medicine that’s supposed to heal whatever you got going on potentially cause you so many health risks? Why would anyone take this? And this is me as a child, ok?

Ever since then I disliked going to the doctor or taking any kind of medicine. I became very skeptical just by watching commercials. I started to noticed how extremely happy the people looked and how the activities they were acting out almost had nothing to do with the medicine they were trying to sell. I then noticed I started to look forward to them airing just to kind of depict them and pin point their marketing tactics.

How does this tie into me not eating meat? I promise I’m getting there.

As I got older I remained skeptical of the whole pharmaceutical industry but my eating style really never changed. Even though I was never a picky eater, I wasn’t exactly the healthiest either.

Back in 2012 as I started getting into working out and eating better, my desire to learn more about health and wellness took off. I couldn’t get enough of reading and researching about certain foods and the nutrients that our body needs to thrive.

A year or so later, after discovering articles about the effects that meat and dairy have on our bodies, I decided to go vegan for 30 days. I felt amazing but slowly got back into eating meat. For the most part I ate fairly lean meats and continued to workout but as time went by and I asked myself if I knew the negative effects meat had on my health why was I still contributing to this?

My curiosity kept pushing me to learn more and I did. I read books, articles, watched documentaries (I’ll list them at the end of this post for you) and I was dumbfounded at how meat and dairy impacts us. From heart disease, diabetes, cancer, cholesterol, and so much more. Not to mention deadly infections like salmonella, mad cow disease, etc. Actually, one of my favorite things about no longer eating chicken is that I don’t have to constantly make sure I’m not letting the raw meat touch anything in my kitchen nor do I need to use separate cutting boards. No risk for contamination!

Don’t get me wrong, I love animals as much as the next person but my main reason to give up meat is not the horrible conditions, chemicals, antibiotics, hormones or unsanitary slaughterhouses that have to do with the agriculture industry in this country. Although that’s a close second, and a different conversation.

Meat makes us sick and therefore we go to the doctor therefore the doctor prescribes medicine. See the cycle? Yet, the amount of propaganda used to promote meat is ridiculous and makes having a plant based diet seem insane.

Not only does meat and dairy make us sick, there’s been massive research in proving that what we eat can actually reverse our diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease……

And wow, you don’t have to keep using the medicine that is only going to make you worse and depend on it even more. Mind blown.

Instead of telling patients to stop eating what’s making them sick, they prescribe tons of medications that are detrimental and not taking care of the real issue.

Look, I’m no doctor and I’m not telling you what to eat or not eat by any means. I just want to share what I know because so many people ask. I gave up meat and most dairy to care for myself better. The pharmaceutical and agriculture industries are making billions of dollars with a B. And there’s no money in healthy people.

Again, this is something I hold fast to. There are plenty of different viewpoints about this whole topic and the purpose was not to tear anyone down that eats meat. I just want to prompt you into researching further for yourself if you’re interested in a plant based or mostly plant based diet.

Just cutting out meat one day a week can make a huge difference!

I still eat dairy but sporadically, I’m slowly stopping my fish consumption, and I eat eggs here and there. I still believe in balance but as I become more aware of things that benefit me fully it motivates me to implement them for my health.

Don’t just go off of what I write or someone tells you, do the research. You owe it to yourself, to your family, and to your well being.

Here are some of the books I recommend:
In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
How Not to Die, Michael Greger
The China Study, Campbell & Campbell 

Forks Over Knives
Food Inc
Simply Raw
Food Matters

Have you ever considered giving up meat? If so I would love to know why or why not, leave me a comment below!

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  • Reply
    March 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I loved all of your insight. And how the hell did you notice all of this? LOL I agree with you so much. Sticking to plants is all about discipline and mentality like you said. We’ve been brain washed into thinking that we NEED meat.

    • Reply
      March 23, 2017 at 8:19 am

      I’ve always been one to kinda question things. I remember thinking once “why don’t vegetables have commercials?” When you go to the store they don’t have labels advertising all of their immense health benefits. Then you walk into the aisles and all the boxes and bags have tons of “nutrients” written on them. They have to sell it. Like I said, to each their own and some people love to eat meat, but even if you omit it 1 or 2 days a week can have a huge impact on our heath and on the environment. Thanks for reading!

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